HUNGER 207 were incoherent outbursts of sentimentality which reflected the realities of the situation rather less accurately than the * Indian Love Lyrics5 of Miss Amy Woodford Finden. What is the record of this Provincial Government—this Indian government, elected by free and open suffrage in conditions of the widest publicity ? Well, it was headed during the most critical months by a gentle- man called Mr. Fazlul Huq. Since my own views of Mr. Huq's activities might possibly be regarded as prejudiced, it will be sufficient to quote the opinion of him delivered by the Lord Chief Justice in Calcutta High Court on August 24th, 1943, when his Lordship described Mr. Huq as *unfit for public office.5 He was summing up in an "unsavoury and disquieting' affair which was known as the Jiaganj Rice Looting Case. Mr. Huq's connection with this case was—to quote the Chief Justice—that while he was Chief Minister of the Province he "criminally interfered with the legitimate transport of rice, of which there was a grave scarcity in the province.' Here is the end of the summing up, quoted from the Calctttta Statesman of August 25th : *It was clear that Mr. Fazlul Huq, while Chief Minister, had used his position to influence the course of justice for political reasons. If the legitimate and proper transport of food could be interfered with and the malefactors protected by the Chief Minister, then there was an end of law and order in the province. At the time this rice looting took place Mr. Huq was Minister for the Home Department; the looted rice was intended for Berhampore Jail; the administration of jails was a matter with which the Home Department was charged. But neither his solemn oath nor public responsibility prevented him from doing his nefarious works "As far as his Lordship was aware there was no punishment in, lawr for the breaking of the promissory oath taken, by Sir. Huq when he assumed office as Chief Minister. But a clean violation of it branded a man as unfit for public office. If solemn promissory oaths by persons who took office in. the State were to be disre- garded as mere formalities, there was no possibility of good govern- ment . His Lordship observed :fc" J/r. Huq is left to the contemplation and judgment of his fellow-men. ""